FINANCIAL AID

CSU Foundation

The California State University Foundation works with donors interested in funding scholarship opportunities on a systemwide or multi-campus basis. Please review the description, eligibility criteria, and application process for each scholarship.

If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please email scholarships@csun.edu.  

For a complete list of opportunities and to apply, please visit http://csun.academicworks.com

Howard C. Christiansen Trust Endowment

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $6,000.00

The Howard C. Christiansen Trust established an endowed scholarship fund in 2016 for students pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree in the study of engineering. Scholarship nominees for the CSU Trustees’ Award will be reviewed first. If there are not enough applicants nominated who are in an engineering field, then the scholarship may be awarded to a second pool of engineering applicants outside the CSU Trustees’ Award.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must have a completed 2018-2019 FAFSA or CADAA on file.
  • The applicant must be a current full-time CSUN undergraduate or graduate student in any engineering major field and maintain full-time status during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Application Process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.
  • Complete the Applicant Information Form and upload your completed form to your scholarship application on AcademicWorks

Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $1,400.00

The Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Glenn S. Dumke, Chancellor of the California State University from 1962 to 1982. The fellowship encourages student scholars to pursue graduate work in fields such as public policy, American history, economics, archival management and government. Preference will be given to projects that involve research about the state of California. The winning scholar is expected to pursue research projects within special California State University library and archival collections.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a current full-time CSUN graduate student and maintain full-time status during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Applicants must be in good standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • The applicant must be studying public policy, American history, economics, library science, archival management or government.
  • The applicant must use the award to pursue research projects within the Dumke Collection or other collections housed in the California State University archives at CSU Dominguez Hills, the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento, or other special collections within the California State University system. Read more about the CSUN Special Collections.

Application Process

Nathaniel R. and Valerie Dumont Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $4,000.00

The Nathaniel R. And Valerie Dumont Scholarship was established through a bequest in 1993 to assist exemplary students with financial needs, especially those with visual or physical impairments.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a current full-time undergraduate CSUN student and maintain full-time status during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • The applicant must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  • The applicant must have a completed 2018-2019 FAFSA or CADAA on file.
  • The applicant will receive strong consideration if they are visually impaired, followed by consideration for students with other physical impairments. Applicants without visual or physical impairments are also eligible for this scholarship.

Application Process

Edison Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $4,000.00

For more than 125 years, Edison International has helped build stronger communities. Edison International believes that education is an important source of power and advancement for young people, and it helps strengthen communities. Since 2009, Edison has given more than $34 million to education programs that help make the dream of college education a reality. These programs have focused on helping minority, low-income and underrepresented students pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a current graduate student in one of these majors
  • The applicant must have a completed 2018-2019 FAFSA or CADAA on file.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must be a current full-time CSUN graduate student and maintain full-time status during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Application Process

Hampton Scholars Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $4,000.00

Dr. Claudia H. Hampton was the first African American trustee of the California State University. She was on the board for 20 years from 1974 to 1994; serving as chair for three of those years from 1979 to 1981. She was a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 25 years, retiring in 1981 as director of the district’s Human and School-Community Relations Resource Office. The Hampton Scholars Scholarship was funded in her honor to recognize students who excel academically and exemplify Dr. Hampton’s dedication.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a graduate from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS)
  • The applicant must have a completed 2018-2019 FAFSA or CADAA on file
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled or be entering a first semester as a student at CSUN
  • The recipient must enroll full-time during the 2018-2019 academic year

Application Process

The William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $10,000.00

William Lahey served as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Staff Affairs from October 1966 until he retired on June 1986.   He came to the California State University from federal civil service to the position of Statewide Dean of Faculty.  William and his wife Jan lived in Huntington Harbor. Jan was an avid volunteer with the Long Beach Museum of Art and William would invite staff to join them for special receptions and exhibit openings.  By supporting Summer Arts and scholarships for visual arts students, they are furthering both William’s commitment to education and Jan’s passion for the arts.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a current graduate student enrolled in at least four units and credential students must be enrolled in at least six units (‘half-time’)
  • The applicant must have a bachelor's degree in art or in one of the visual art specializations
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program leading to a high school single subject teaching credential in the arts, or a Master of Arts/Fine Arts program in art or one of the visual art specializations
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing.
  • Priority consideration will be given in the following order: 
  1. First priority will be given to students enrolled in a program leading to a single subject teaching credential in the arts;
  2. Second priority will be given to students enrolled in a graduate program in art of one of the visual arts specializations;
  3. Third priority will be given to eligible students who have a record of volunteer activities in the arts or who are currently engaged in arts volunteer activities in schools or community arts organizations.

Application Process

  • Sign into https://csun.academicworks.com using your MYNORTHRIDGE PORTAL Login. Complete a general application, then apply for this specific scholarship by submitting all required materials to this scholarship by the deadline.
  • Complete the Applicant Information Form and upload your completed form to your scholarship application on AcademicWorks

Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $3,000.00

After graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree from CSU Northridge, and serving as an officer in the US Army, Richard Leffingwell joined the CSU’s Chancellor’s Office as a member of the trustees’ audit staff.  He directed the CSU’s self-supporting financing activities, and later became the Director of Financing and Treasury.  Richard worked with trustees, campuses, and the municipal financing community to establish viable systems for financing non-state projects at the 23 CSU campuses before retiring in 2004.  This scholarship reflects his admiration for the university’s commitment to provide opportunities to foster the next generation of students who wish to be instrumental in serving the public.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must have a course of study within a discipline offered through the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
  • The applicant must have demonstrated an interest in and aspire to a career in public service.
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must have a completed 2018-2019 FAFSA or CADAA on file
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent upper division or graduate student at CSUN and must remain a full-time equivalent student during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Strong consideration will be given to an eligible applicants who are also military veterans

Application Process

Jim Sanders Media and Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $2,500.00

James Sanders wasn’t known by that name. He wasn’t often called Jim. People working at the television stations in Sacramento, CA; Columbus, OH; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA where he presided as news director knew him as Sanders. He was a leader, not just a manager. As one former employee said about Sanders after his death in September 2015, “Sanders was all about integrity. From the choice and quality of the stories he put on the air to his mentoring of countless people in all areas of news, he operated from a base of encouragement, never negativity. From a heart full of courage instead of fear. Sanders didn’t force you to do your best, he made you want to do your best. And he led by example, holding himself up to the highest standard and trusting that his people would rise to their highest potential. I am not unique in my love and admiration for this funny, charismatic, intelligent man; there are many of us who would have followed Jim Sanders anywhere.” This scholarship is to honor and support the leaders of today and tomorrow among the California State University student population. The media industries are changing and as the continued gatekeepers of information, the industries need people to lead, take risks, be creative, have a sense of humor, be intelligent, and challenge the status quo.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must have an interest in journalism, media, or communication.
  • The applicant must aspire to a career in media, but can be interested in any aspect of the industry including engineering, sales, production (audio, video and sound editing, etc.), graphic design, human resources, etc.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled or be entering a first semester as a student at CSUN and be enrolled as a CSUN student for the 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • The applicant must express current leadership qualities or the desire to be a leader in journalism, media, or communication.

Application Process

Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a year-round basis.
Award: $10,000.00

The Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students was established in 1991 by Mr. Schoettler, who was a successful businessman from Mountain View, California and blind the last eight years of his life.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a CSUN undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in 6.1 units or more during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA, and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • The applicant must have a visual disability and provide verification from a medical health professional that includes the best corrected visual acuity notations. The disability must be such that it impedes the educational process and necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs.
  • Students who have previously been nominated and/or awarded the Schoettler scholarship may continue to apply each year they meet the qualifications.

Application Process

CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement

Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018, 9:00 p.m. PST
Award: $6,000.00-$12,000.00

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984 to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain.  In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors increase the value and number of available awards.  Special named scholarships will be awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or Education fields, Veterans, and exemplary community service.

The awards recognize students who have overcome adversity, demonstrated financial need, and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service.  The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000) and the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000).

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and plan to be a full-time CSUN student in the upcoming academic year.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The applicant must be involved in community service.
  • The applicant must have overcome adversity and demonstrate financial need.
  • The applicant must have a completed FAFSA or California Dream Act application on file with the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department for academic year 2018-2019.

Application process

For more information about this prestigious scholarship opportunity, please go to: www.calstate.edu/foundation/trusteesawards/